28 May 1917 :  Robert Hilary Lockhart Whitelaw

Robert Whitelaw was born at Tibbermore, Perthshire in 1895.

Location of Tibbermore, west of Perth in Scotland (cc OpenStreetMap)

From Monkland, Nairn, the son of William and Gertrude Whitelaw, their home in 1901 was in Kensington.

The Census that April reveals that his mother, then 33 years old, was at home with her four children William, Audrey, Robert and Geoffrey (then 9, 7, 6, 2). They had living with them no fewer than 11 servants: two nurses, three housemaids, a butler, footman, tutor, a kitchen maid, cook and a 16 year old sewing maid (from Switzerland).  

September 2020 (c) Google Street View 2021

At the outbreak of war the Whitelaws were back in Scotland at 18 Rothesay Terrace, Edinburgh (see above).

Robert  was a keen cricketer having played for the Grange Cricket Club, Edinburgh. Educated at Trinity College, Glenalmond, he gained a commission in the Royal Horse Guards before being sent to the Western Front on 8 November 1916.

Wounded near Arras on 7 May 1917, Robert died of wounds in No.8 General Hospital, Rouen three weeks later and is now buried in St.Sever Cemetery, Rouen.

St-Sever Cemetery Rouen (NZ War Graves Project)

Robert's brothers William and Geoffrey served in the Great War; they too died. 

Older brother 2/lt William (died 14 February 1919 age 28). He was married.

William 'Willie' Whitelaw in 1963 (Born June 1918)

His son William (later parliamentarian Willie Whitelaw was born 28 June 1918, served with distinction in the Second World War and inherited the family estate from his grandfather in 1948).

Younger brother 2/Lt Geoffrey Lacey died 14 April 1918 - he was 19. 

In loving memory to the three Whitelaw brothers: William, Robert and Geoffrey

Robert Whitelaw's estate of £474. 15s 10d passed intestate to his father. 

2/Lt Robert Hilary Lockhart Whitelaw

28 May 1917 died of his wounds

Original research by David O'Mara with further research and images added by Jonathan Vernon. 

Sources: England Census 1901, 1911. Nairnshire Telegraph and General Advertiser for the Northern Counties p5 5 June 1917; The Scotsman 1 June 1917 p.8

IMAGE: Full-length portrait from Find A Grave via Ancestry.